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fragment of hugo (from l'homme qui rit)


Translation by Guido Monte


Multilingual Poetry


Original French text by Victor Hugo

Pic: "boat" - © 2010 by Guido Monte - Size: 10k
© 2010 Guido Monte



(Swans - July 18, 2011)  

"Etcheco jaüna, que es este hombre?"
"Un hombre."
"Que lenguas habla?"
"Que cosas sabe?"
"Quai païs?"
"Ningún, y todos."
"Qual dios?"
"Como le llamas?"
"El tonto."
"Como dices que le llamas?"
"El sabio."
"En vuestre tropa que esta?"
"Esta lo que esta."
"El gefe?"
"Pues que esta?"
"La alma."

workman of mountain, who's that man?
a man.
what's his tongue?
all the tongues.
what does he know?
and his country?
none and everyone.
his god?
what's his name?
the mad.
the wise.
what is in your band?
he's what he is.
is he the boss?
and what?
the soul.



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Published July 18, 2011